Approximately 20.4% of Americans suffer with chronic pain. Many of these people are over treated with highly addictive opioids or try to ease some of the pain with over-the-counter pain medicine. In China they were treating pain for thousands of years using acupuncture, cupping, gua-sha, and other traditional therapies. Today, Americans are finding that acupuncture does work! It does alleviate both chronic and acute pain, requiring less need for opioids and over-the-counter medicines.
Acupuncture is not a replacement for western medicine it works in conjunction with western medicine. In some cases, it may even help western medicine work more effectively. You may
wonder what types of pain may be helped with acupuncture. Acupuncture can treat back pain, neck pain, headaches, knee and shoulder pain, sprains, and strains, among others.
Keep in mind acupuncture is centuries old and was used for the treatment of pain long before there was medication to control it. If you are looking to help relieve pain acupuncture can help.
Frequently asked questions
How does it work?
Acupunctrue uses very fine needles placed in specific points to facilitate the movement of blood and energy through the meridians to help the body operate at its best. This treatment improves circulation and helps to reduce pain.
Does it hurt?
The short answer is it depends on the patient. The needles are not like the needles you are used to when going to your western doctor. The needles we use in our Albuquerque office are very fine, so fine that 30 of our acupuncture needles fit inside the tip of a needle used to give you an injection. That being said, most patients report feeling nothing at all to a light pinch at insertion and then nothing.
With what types of pain can acupuncture help?
Acupuncture can help reduce pain from many injuries, car accidents, headaches, back aches, shoulder pain, sprains, strains, arthritic pain, chronic and acute pain. Basically if you have pain acupuncture can help.
What if I don't like needles?
The great thing about our Albuquerque clinic is that we will not force you to get needles. We have many methods of treating you for pain. Cupping, moxa, and K-tape are among the other ways we can treat you, we can also use a form of Japanese acupuncture which utilizes non insertion needles.